Stamford man charged in fatal hit-and-run

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STAMFORD — Stamford Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad (CARS) announced the conclusion of an investigation into a deadly hit-and-run incident that occurred on West Main St. near Alvord Ln. on the morning of Nov. 21.

Marie Jean-Charles, a 74-year-old resident of Stamford, was fatally struck while crossing West Main St. from north to south.

She was hit in the eastbound lanes by a vehicle believed to be speeding and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver did not stop following the collision and continued eastbound.

Early in the investigation, CARS identified a suspect and seized the suspect’s vehicle later in the afternoon on the day of the incident.

The suspect, 58-year-old Cos Cob resident Salvatore Longo, was interviewed the same day and denied involvement in the collision.

Following a search warrant, evidence from the seized vehicle was analyzed and tested by the State of Connecticut Forensic Laboratory.

The results, received the week of March 8, led to the preparation of an arrest warrant by Officer Lindsey Yanicky.

The warrant, which was approved by the Stamford State’s Attorney’s office and signed by Judge Hudock, charged Longo with Misconduct with a Motor Vehicle and Felony Evading Responsibility, with a $750,000 court-set bond.

On March 20, Longo surrendered to police in accordance with an agreement with his attorney.

He was arrested on the charges mentioned in the warrant and is being held on bond.

His arraignment is scheduled for March 21 at Stamford Superior Court.

The Stamford Police expressed gratitude to the citizens who assisted in identifying the vehicle involved in the crash.

The community’s tips were crucial in developing a suspect vehicle and ultimately led to the suspect’s identification.

Sgt. Jeffrey Booth, Officer Lindsey Yanicky, and Officer Cory Fisher conducted the investigation.

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